Training and Capacity Building

Sharing expertise and skills across international boundaries is fundamental to strengthening the rule of law and supporting lawyers worldwide to defend and protect human rights.

Capacity Building

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) provides support for, and technical assistance to under-resourced and newly established bar associations and law societies worldwide.

We recognise that one of the most valuable tools in ensuring that lawyers maintain independence and integrity when representing clients is the creation of self-governing professional associations.

A vital element of this capacity building is the placement of a legal specialist to work with the bar association or law society to strengthen internal operations, ensure sustainable finances, provide training for staff and members, and to build links with international and regional organisations.

Examples of capacity building:


As part of our on-going capacity building work, the IBAHRI runs training sessions for lawyers, judges and prosecutors in target countries. Working with regional and local partners, we work to identify knowledge gaps and the needs of legal professionals, and deliver training in order to increase skills and expertise in areas relating to the protection of human rights.

Past trainings have focused on:

  • International human rights law
  • International criminal law
  • Prevention oftorture & enforced disappearance          
  • The protection of the rights of women and girls 

Examples of training: